Fodder scam: Court to pronounce sentence tomorrow

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Ranchi: A CBI Court in Ranchi will pronounce the quantum of sentence against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and others for their connection in the fodder scam.

The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts today.

They had made comments against the verdict of the court on December 23.

Lawyers said that the RJD chief's son, Tejashwi Yadav, party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and senior Congress leader Manish Tewary have been directed by the court to file their reply on January 23.

Lalu Prasad was escorted back to the Ranchi jail.

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In 2013, when the CBI court had convicted him for five years in a case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.5 crores from Chaibasa treasury, he had to spend more than two months in jail before he was set free. The court has convicted Lalu along with 15 others on 23rd December.

The CBI had accused the convicts of having a hand in the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994 in the name of buying fodder. "When both were facing exactly the same charges in the same case, how can one get bail and the other be jailed?" Petitions demanding to issue production warrant in other fodder scam cases pending in other courts for taking my client into judicial custody were also allowed by the concerned courts, he added.

Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997. First, it's a 21-year-old case. Lalu Prasad who is known for his wittiness now has created a series of hilarious jokes regarding today's sentence on Fodder scam. Lalu was chief minister of Bihar during the period.

The RJD has convened a meeting of its senior party leaders on January 6.

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